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As we wind down the week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, one question that comes up very often is, “How effective will coaching be and how will I know if it will be effective for me?”  This is a great question and it lets me know the person and/or organization is giving some thought and performing due diligence ensuring their energy, time and money are well invested.

The answer is not a simple one beyond, “Coaching is very effective and you’ll know because you’ll start doing things, thinking about things, and approaching circumstances in your life differently.  You’ll make better decisions for you, which in turn, can increase your earning potential, put you on the right career path, develop leadership skills, build more meaningful relationships with colleagues, co-workers, customers, friends and family.  And so much more!”

Sometimes what a person is really asking with the “effectiveness question” is, “How much more will I make?  How quickly will I get promoted?  How do I figure out what I want to be “when I grow up”?  How do I increase sales?  What do I do to get back on track with ______ ?  How do I get it all done?”  And the list of questions goes on, and on, and on.

Rather than try to convince you that coaching is very effective, here’s a presentation from the Lore International Institute given by Terry Bacon, Ph.D. and Anna Pool, MA, OD titled Can Coaching Effectiveness Be Measured? (Click on title to download)

In their presentation, effective coaching is defined as “…coaching that creates the right behavioral changes that lead to improvement in the client’s ability to impact bottom-line results.”

After you’ve read the report, take a moment and share your comments and thoughts.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want to discuss how coaching can help you become more effective at what you do or what you want?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

The first full week in February is designated as International Coaching Week (ICW) and it’s a week-long global celebration designed for coaches and clients to educate others about the value of working with a professional coach (business, career, life, personal, development…and the list goes on) and to acknowledge the progress and results achieved through the coaching process.

I will be commemorating the event by participating in some pro bono activities throughout the week, of which you are the beneficiary!

Check back with the Roots of Thought blog often over the course of the week to take advantage of the great opportunities that will be presented.

To kick off the week, here are a few often asked questions about coaching:

  • What are the benefits of coaching?

Individuals who engage in a coaching partnership can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.

Consistent with a commitment to enhancing their personal effectiveness, they can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally relevant goals.

  • What is the a coach’s responsibility in the coach-client relationship?

A coach should:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage client self-discovery;
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable.

Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.  Ultimately, coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs.  They seek to solicit solutions and strategies from the client; believing the client is naturally creative and resourceful.  The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want some assistance going from reflection to resolution?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As the year speeds to its end, we begin to mentally prepare for next year.  But don’t forget to take time to assess your personal and professional challenges and accomplishments THIS year.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What have I accomplished this year?  Be specific. Write it all down. Schedule some time to celebrate this!
  2. What have I learned this year?  What skills did you pick up? What emotional lessons?
  3. What got in my way?  This is where your work will be next year.  Be honest if it was your own self that got in the way.
  4. What are my immediate next steps to achieve these goals?
  5. What did I learn from those things that didn’t go as I expected this year?  When you take the time to absorb the lessons that the events in our lives come to teach us, you will not repeat the same mistakes repeatedly.
  6. What am I grateful for this year?  Make a list of at least 100 things that you are grateful for and watch more good things start coming into your life.
  7. On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied am I with how I spent the year?  Why?
  8. What do I want to accomplish next year, such that it’s my best year ever?
  9. What does it take to make me feel a 10/10 satisfaction level at the end of next year?
  10. What new habits do I want to cultivate that will help me achieve my goals in 2012?

When you take the time to answer these questions thoughtfully, you are taking the time to invest in yourself and your success.  Remember that ‘why’ that motivates you and use it to push you beyond the obstacles that will always pop up in your path.  True success is found only when you are willing to keep getting up after every setback.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” ~ Hal Borland

Until next time…

P.S. — Want some assistance going from reflection to resolution?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you.

Today we’ll do our best to answer some of the most common and frequently asked questions…

stone question markWhat is coaching?

Coaching is a process to help you clearly understand the relationship between you and your thoughts and to recognize how your thought processes have been running your life.  Coaching can assist you in recognizing moments of choice throughout your day and encourage you to make better decisions at those moments of choice.  Coaching focuses on moving forward and making the changes you want to make.

What it’s not?

Coaching should not be construed as psychological therapy or consulting.  Therapy focuses on addressing unresolved issues that are holding you back from moving forward and consulting is giving expert advice in a particular, specific area.

Are my results guaranteed?

No, they are not.  Your coach will guide and support you in the process of mastering your thoughts and ultimately your actions based on your decisions.  Ultimately that choice rests solely with you.  You enter a coaching relationship with the understanding that YOU are responsible for doing the necessary work to create the results you want.

How can a coach help me?

If you want to improve your performance, improve self-awareness, develop leadership capacity, learn how to empower and improve communications with others, live a more successful, productive, happy life, a coach can guide you through the process of making changes in the way you are currently thinking.


What are a few reasons people hire coaches?discipline with watch

  • Improve relationships (family, business, friend, etc.)
  • Promoting to management or leadership position
  • Improve people skills
  • Experiencing diversity challenges
  • Improve employee retention rate
  • Increase productivity
  • Experience quality personal time
  • Achieve excellent health/fitness
  • Develop long-lasting friendships
  • Plan their financial well-being
  • Undergoing major life changes
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve personal confidence
  • Create a worthwhile life vision

How do I chose a coach?

Consider your goals – what do  you want to be different in your life, goals you want to accomplish / achieve, or discover what you’re truly capable of becoming?

  1. Educate yourself about coaching and investigate and research what’s available.
  2. Assess your readiness for coaching.  Are you willing to invest time and effort into getting the results you want?  This is not a quick fix or band-aid.  Do you want to change your circumstance or your life?
  3. Identify and interview  your coaching partner candidates.
  4. Select your coach.

What are your thoughts about today’s information?

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coaching profession and about hiring a coach.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can assist you?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you.

Today’s feature report is a HBR Research Report, “What Can Coaches Do For You?”.  The report contains some excellent information regarding the coaching profession as a whole.  And, there’s a great table at the end of the report that really sums up what coaching (whether executive, business, life, relationship, etc.) encompasses.

What are your thoughts about today’s information?

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coaching profession and about hiring a coach.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want to know more about the types or styles of coaching that may be right for you?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you.

Today’s feature article “Life Coaches are For Everyone” does an excellent job of explaining some of the different types of coaching that are available.

What are your thoughts?

Until next time…

P.S. — Want to know more about the types or styles of coaching that may be right for you?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

Join me in celebrating International Coaching Week February 6-11, 2011!

International Coaching Week is a week-long global celebration of the coaching profession. 

Coaching has impacted my life in ways I could not have imagined.  Most importantly, the richness that clients have brought to my life, professionally and personally, carries no price tag, nor could I ever repay all those who’ve influenced my life.

Instead, I’m going to pay it forward!  JTCC is hosting several events during International Coaching Week (ICW) and throughout the month of February.  The best news is, these events are open to everyone – sign up for one or sign up for all, at no cost, no fee, no strings attached!  How great is that!

So, if you’re simply curious, or have ever wondered what happens in a coaching session, are in the process of interviewing and selecting a coach partner, or want to take the time to explore your possibilities, click here to view our events and sign up or register today for a session or event.

Join us – you’ll be glad you did!

Until next time…

It’s Tuesday evening and I came back into the office to catch up on some boring, mundane and very necessary and fulfilling work that is often involved in business. Just before sitting down at the computer, I decided to glance through this month’s issue (September 2009) of Success Magazine. Imagine my surprise when on the front cover I discovered Og Mandino was one of the featured articles!

I quickly turned to page 66 of the issue to read all about Og (like I was reading the words for the very first time). I was greeted with “I Will Act Now.” in big, bold, orange, and black lettering and I thought, “Is that powerful, or what?!” Coincidence that I was seeing in the boldest print “I Will Act Now” facing the routine stuff I was going to do? No. I firmly believe all things happen for a reason.

Could it get any better than that?

I thought not…

Would you believe it could? On the next page, 67, was Og’s picture with a captioned quote from Scroll IX, “Success will not wait. If I delay, she will become betrothed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the man.” (OK for me it’s I am the woman – you get the point.)

It took me a while to contain my excitement, or should I say reign it in. I was ready to run up and down the street proclaiming how great Og is, when I realized I do just that, very quietly, as part of my everyday life. More than that – I am practicing every day to live the principles that Og wrote, taught, and lived himself.

You see, it’s more than an article and a picture for me. It’s my way of life. Am I there yet? Certainly not. Will I ever get there? I don’t know – I hope to – someday. What I do know is that I’ve got some work to do. I do know by living and breathing the Scrolls, by becoming a product of the process, I improve my life, reach the success that was meant for me and I get to help others do the same – in teaching them, coaching them, guiding them to be the very best they were meant to be.

What I do know, with certainty, is that by acting now, at this moment, I put into motion all the positive action that will “nourish my success”.

To read the article, go to http://www.successmagazine.com/og-mandino-i-will-act-now/PARAMS/article/782.

Would you like to chat about Og? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time…

Back to the office a week now after vacation where we spent an amazing week with family and friends.  We stayed at a beautiful beach home on Atlantic Avenue in Kure Beach, NC located right on the beach!

Incredible sunsets and sunrises, dolphins passing directly in front of us as we swam and played in the ocean, and early morning walks on the beach were the catalysts to some mind-quieting and recognizing the desire to ground myself, once again.

I was surprised to find that I asked myself quite a lot of questions while getting grounded and was so pleased to find a poem that I came across several months ago that really resonated with me after I came home.

Have patience with everything that

remains unsolved in your heart,

Try to love the questions themselves…

At present you need to live the questions.

Perhaps you will gradually, without ever noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Until next time…

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